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Sunday, February 15, 2015
Soul Is Ideology (灵魂是思想)
When I was
having my Political Science lecture, my professor said:
“Politic is an end,
ideology is the soul.”
professor has elaborated with some examples of what the above sentence supposed
to mean for almost one whole session, but the definition of the word ‘soul’ was
still lingering in my mind.
the question and answer session at the end of the lecture, I braved myself to
raise my hand and asked:
“Professor, what is a
professor’s facial expression slightly turned grimed and cold for a second and
“Soul is ideology, ideology
is soul. The class is dismissed!”
the professor’s respond was a little emotional, but he was right, taken from a
dictionary, a soul is defined as “the thought and action of humans etc.”
I was pulling my professor’s legs… I wasn’t asking about the ideology, but the ‘spirit’
of the person.
I got 50
marks for my Political Studies that semester, since then I started to
understand; it is no benefit to ask the professor, one only needs to listen and
memorize what is taught. And then blurs what was said from his/her memory and
then let others to copy: this is real political studies.
my prime interest of ‘soul’ is in the form of ‘spirits’ not the ‘ideology’.
According to old folks, when a person lives, the ‘spirit’ is hiding inside
him/her. Occasionally, this spirit will travel out of the body intentionally or
unintentionally. But when one dies, this spirit would room the outside world as
free as a bird.
make this issue complex, when a person is still alive; people say that his/her ‘soul’
is with him/her. When he/she dies, his soul turns into ‘ghost’ in western
world. In Chinese however, the term soul is formed by two characters ‘灵魂’. In old Chinese literature, the ‘灵魂’ and ‘魂灵’ is interchangeable, but this swap is not
allowed now days.
to our discussion, are you interest in the ‘soul’ of living person, or a ghost
of that person may I ask? Now you probably would think: Boy, even a simple soul
can be complex! Am I correct in asking?